Phone companies good at sharing
Tuesday 3rd June 2008, 11:32AM BST.
MOBILE phone mast sharing in Guernsey is outstripping that in the UK and Jersey.
The Office of Utility Regulation has today published an update of its register of masts that shows there are 70 sites in the Bailiwick, up by eight from October.
But 32 are now shared, compared with 16 in October.
Later this month the regulator will publish a report on the level of emissions from every mast site that was operational in April.
OUR director-general John Curran said the register highlighted the fact that the requirement to share sites was working well. ‘Nearly half of all sites are now shared which is well ahead of that in the UK or Jersey,’ he said.
‘Some 70% of the sites used by the mobile operators are on buildings, either roof- or wall-mounted, or larger mast towers that existed before mobile competition began in 2003. Operators are clearly responding to the need to keep new build to the minimum level.’
The report includes data on sites currently operated by Cable & Wireless Guernsey, Wave Telecom and Airtel Vodafone or those for which planning consent has been granted as of Friday.
The regulator is currently compiling its emissions report.
‘We recognise that there remain concerns around the issue of emissions from mobile base stations,’ said Mr Curran.
‘All previous audits have shown that levels are well within international safety guidelines. However, we want to continue to provide as much reassurance to the public as we can which is why we have undertaken an audit of every site.
‘We will be making the full report for every site publicly available later this month and highlighting how the public can get access to the information.’
The register of mobile antenna sites is published on the OUR’s website, regutil.gg, and is available from its office on 711120.
It will be updated again early in 2009.
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